Catawba County, North Carolina
|Catawba County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Catawba tribe|
|• Total||414 sq mi (1,072 km2)|
|• Land||398.72 sq mi (1,033 km2)|
|• Water||15.28 sq mi (40 km2), 3.27%|
|• Density||355/sq mi (137/km²)|
|Congressional districts||5th, 10th|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Catawba County is part of the data center corridor. Maiden is home to the Apple iCloud data center, and Conover is home to the ncDataCampus, and the largest privately owned solar farm in the United States operated by Apple.
- 1 History
- 2 Law and government
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Education
- 6 Points of Interest
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Notable people
- 9 Communities
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
Law and government
Catawba County is a member of the regional Western Piedmont Council of Governments.
- Alexander County, North Carolina - north
- Iredell County, North Carolina - east
- Lincoln County, North Carolina - south
- Burke County, North Carolina - west
- Caldwell County, North Carolina - northwest
- Mecklenburg County, North Carolina - southeast
||Caldwell County||Alexander County|
|Burke County||Iredell County|
|Lincoln County||Mecklenburg County|
As of the census of 2010, there were 154,358 people, 55,533 households, and 39,095 families residing in the county. The population density was 354 people per square mile (137/km²). There were 59,919 housing units at an average density of 150 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.1% White, 8.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, and 1.14% from two or more races, 9.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 55,533 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,536, and the median income for a family was $47,474. Males had a median income of $30,822 versus $23,352 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,358. About 6.50% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.
- Catawba County is served by Catawba County Schools.
- Newton and Conover are served by the Newton-Conover City School System.
- Hickory is served by the Hickory City School System.
- Lenoir–Rhyne University
- Catawba Valley Community College
- Appalachian Center at Hickory
- Gardner–Webb University
- NC Center for Engineering Technologies
- The Catawba County Library System serves the residents of Catawba County. The library system operates 7 libraries throughout the county.
- The Hickory Public Library System serves the residents of Hickory. The library system operates 2 libraries: The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, and the Ridgeview Library.
Points of Interest
Museums and libraries
- Catawba County FireFighters Museum
- Catawba County Museum of History
- Hickory Aviation Museum
- Hickory Museum of Art
- Catawba County Science Center
- Murrays Mill
- Public Libraries of Catawba County
- Public Libraries of Hickory
Sports and entertainment
Music and performing arts
- Newton-Conover Auditorium
- The Green-Room Theatre
- Western Piedmont Symphony
- Hickory Community Theatre
The county's primary commercial aviation airport is Hickory Regional Airport.
With approximately twenty freight trains a day, Catawba County is a freight railroad transportation center. This is largely due to the areas strong manufacturing based economy, and its placement along the Norfolk Southern Railway line. The Caldwell County Railroad also serves the county and interchanges with Norfolk Southern in Hickory.
- Dale Jarrett-NASCAR Driver.1999 Winston Cup Champion
- Ryan Newman-NASCAR Driver.
- Michael Waltrip-NASCAR Driver.
- Morgan Shepherd-NASCAR Driver.
- Matt Kenseth-NASCAR Driver.
- Rob Moroso-NASCAR Driver.
- Robert Huffman-Former NASCAR Driver.
- Ned Jarrett-Former NASCAR Driver.
- Glenn Jarrett-Former NASCAR Driver.
- Tommy Houston-Former NASCAR Driver.
- Bobby Isaac-1970 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion.
- Dennis Setzer-NASCAR Driver.
- Jason Line – NHRA Pro Stock driver.
- Elliott Forbes-Robinson –Sports car driver in Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
- James Best- Actor.
- Matthew Settle- Actor.
- Tom Constanten-Musician, composer, former member of The Grateful Dead and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Tori Amos-Musician songwriter.
- Madison Bumgarner- 2010 World Series Champion Pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
- Ryan Succop- American football Placekicker for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Rick Barnes- Coach for Texas Longhorns men's basketball.
- Chris Washburn-American former professional basketball player.
- Paul Burris-Pitcher for Boston/Milwaukee Braves.
- Chad Lail-Professional Wrestler known as Gunner in TNA Wrestling.
- Chris Hughes-Co-founder of Facebook.
- The Cockman Family -Bluegrass musicians.
- Pauletta Pearson Washington- Actress.
- Rachel Lee Carter- Professional model, beauty queen, Christian speaker, actress, author and Bible teacher.
- Bryan Harvey - Major League Baseball player
The county is divided into eight townships: Bandy's, Caldwell, Catawba, Clines, Hickory, Jacobs Fork, Mountain Creek,and Newton.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Census.gov. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Infrastructure, Caldwell County Economic Development Commission (retrieved 16 June, 2014)
- Freeze, Gary R. The Catawbans: Crafters of a North Carolina County, 1747-1900 Catawba County Historical Association, 1995. ISBN 0-9702776-2-8.
- Freeze, Gary R. The Catawbans: Pioneers in Progress, Vol. 2. Catawba County Historical Association, 2002.